Zellweger Syndrome and Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability Lawyer
Typically, applying for and receiving social security disability benefits can take many months. But what if your disabling condition is so severe that you cannot wait? Zellweger syndrome is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is Zellweger Syndrome?
Zellweger syndrome, one of a group of four related diseases, is a peroxisome biogenesis disorder, meaning that it is caused by defects in any one of 13 genes, PEX genes, crucial to the formation and health of peroxisomes. Peroxisomes are cellular structures involved in the metabolism of fatty acids, oils, and waxes integral to the health and function of the brain, lungs, eyes, liver, kidneys, and bones. They are also key components in the formation of myelin, the fatty covering that insulates nerve fibers. The mutations characteristic of Zellweger syndrome result in toxic accumulations of fatty acids and other lipids in the body’s cells and tissues; the unchecked accumulation of these substances wreaks havoc on the body. There is no cure for this disease. Most infants born with Zellweger system develop respiratory complications, gastrointestinal bleeding, or liver failure, and die by 6 months of age.
Zellweger Syndrome Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of Zellweger syndrome include:
- Enlarged liver
- Abnormal facial features (high forehead, underdeveloped brow ridge, wide-set eyes)
- Mental retardation
- Poor muscle tone
- Poor sucking ability
- Difficulty swallowing
- Retinal degeneration
- Impaired hearing
- Gastrointestinal complications
If you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms, it is important to talk with a doctor immediately.
Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits and Zellweger Syndrome
Zellweger syndrome qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Zellweger syndrome, then you are considered disabled for at least 24 months from the date of diagnosis.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Zellweger syndrome, contact an experienced social security disability lawyer today. Please call us at 1-800-882-5500 or fill out a free consultation form for a free evaluation of your social security disability case.